Lunch at The Folly Inn, Cowes

If you've ever been to Cowes but didn't go to The Folly Inn, you're missing out! The Folly is in East Cowes, and is only accessible from West Cowes by boat. It's certainly quite an enjoyable way to get to your lunch date! Tom and I have been to The Folly a lot and I'd highly recommend it. 

I've always been so eager to eat the food that I don't have any pictures of it - all I can say is that its nice pub grub. Not sure I'd fancy arriving at the pub on one of these dinghies! 

BBQs on the Beach

I'd never been to Hayling Island before, so on a very hot sunny day last summer we grabbed some BBQ equipment and headed on down to the beach. Everywhere on the South coast is windy, so it was a little tricky lighting the fire!

The only downside about Hayling Island is that there is only one road in and out  - so on a sunny day when everyone heads to the beach, it's a nightmare to get off the island! After an hour and a bit of queueing, we eventually made it home. I'm hoping for more barbeques on the beach this summer!

Days Out Boating

As you may recall, Tom and I like boating - we get out on the water a lot, and always love it!

To be honest, we really are fair weather sailors (because what's the point in going out in the wind and rain when you could instead snuggle up with a cuppa at home?) and luckily, we saw a fair bit of sun last summer!

Chesil Beach & Portland Bill

On our last day in Weymouth, we checked out of the hotel and headed straight to Chesil Beach. We stopped off at the visitors centre for a spot of breakfast in their cafe - and it was surprisingly nice!

Chesil Beach is 18 miles long, and stretches as far as you can see, with lagoons on one side and the sea on the other. It's quite a steep walk down to the water from the top of the beach! It's worth a visit if you're in Weymouth.

Next stop was Portland Bill and the lighthouse!

We were feeling adventurous, so we climbed down the rocks and started exploring.

It was an amazing view from on the rocks - just miles and miles of ocean.

Also - check out this cool rock formation!

We had a great weekend away in Weymouth - and we're going back again this year for the seafood festival! (I'm very excited about that trip!)

First RIB trip of 2017

Good Morning Everyone!

I thought I'd interrupt the (very late!) Weymouth posts with a update that is much more current!

Here's a video I made, from our first RIB trip of 2017 on Go Ballistic - it was the first beautifully sunny, almost warm day out on the Solent and we took full advantage of it! We went to Southampton Water and back, from Portsmouth Harbour.

I hope you all enjoy, and have a lovely day!

Exploring Weymouth

Weymouth was a beautiful place to explore - which was made even better by the sunny weather we were lucky to have.

We spent the entire day walking round, looking at all the different boats and exploring every nook and cranny.

We stopped at a pub with a blue exterior (I think it was called The Ship Inn or something similar!) for a very nice cup of tea and some whitebait.

After some more walking (we didn't just spend the entire day eating!) we found a place for dinner that specialised in pies - I had pie and cheese mash, and Tom had pie and chips. It was amazing! You can fine The Handmade Pie and Ale House by clicking here.

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

Last May we had a weekend break in Weymouth. On the way to Weymouth, we stopped at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door - and as it happened, our little holiday fell on the first sunny, warm weekend if the year!

We walked up the hill from Lulworth Cove to have a look at the view (it was quite a steep slope!) and it was well worth the climb (and sweat)!

Lulworth Cove is a really beautiful, tiny little cove with a couple of fishing boats and it's full of white, chalky pebbles.

After we finished taking pictures of stones (and taking a couple as souvenirs) from Lulworth, we drove round to Durdle Door - complete with chalky bottoms from the stones!

Just look at that amazing view! Durdle door is DEFINITELY worth a visit if you're coming to the South coast - it's only an hour-ish from Portsmouth and Southampton, and it's a pretty drive through the New Forest to get there.

However, it's a steep descent to the beach... meaning there's a gruelling, unpleasant climb back up to the car park!

We had a picnic on the beach at Durdle Door, and then climbed back up to the car and drove the rest of the way to Weymouth. After we checked in, we had a stroll along the seafront and looked for a place to have dinner.

We decided on a burger restaurant (which made very good cocktails) and had a huge, flame-grilled burger each. They were awesome - I'd highly recommend a visit to The Dorset Burger Company if you find yourself in Weymouth - website is here.